Overnight closure of SH2 Remutaka Hill (Sunday 12 June)


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists of a planned overnight closure of State Highway 2 (SH2) over the Remutaka Hill, on Sunday 12 June.

The road will be closed in both directions from 9pm on Sunday 12 June until 4am on Monday 13 June to allow crews to safely complete essential maintenance work.

“The Remutaka Hill road is steep, narrow and winding which makes it a challenging environment to work in. Fully closing the road at night for this work is the safest option for both workers and motorists. It also significantly reduces the number of required stop/go disruptions at other, busier times and allows crews to undertake better quality maintenance work,” says Waka Kotahi Regional Transport Services Manager Mark Owen.

Motorists are advised to plan their travel outside of the closure hours. An escorted vehicle service will be available for shift workers and others with light vehicles who may need urgent access across the Remutaka Hill during the closure. 

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited for motorists’ safety and the safety of workers at multiple sites across the hill and should be done by Friday 10 June at: customer@capitaljourneys.co.nz

  • 10.30pm Hutt to Featherston
  • 11.30pm Featherston to Hutt
  • 12.30am Hutt to Featherston
  • 1.30am Featherston to Hutt

Access will remain available for emergency services at all times throughout the closures.

The work will take place under Covid-19 health and safety protocols to keep workers and road users safe. Bad weather or Covid-19 restrictions may cause works to be cancelled, possibly at short notice.

This is the final scheduled closure for the 2021/22 hill maintenance season. A schedule for the 22/23 season will be published in the next few months. Please note that the hill road may have to close under urgency at other times due to accidents, major slips or stormy weather.